How do you maintain and take care of your usernames and passwords ?

India
June 14, 2009 7:44am CST
There are so many websites in which we register, and everytime you do this, you have to select a username and a password. If you are lucky, you can get the same username as you were using in other websites. In case if it is not, one more set of new username and passowords are to be created. If this goes on for some time, it would be difficult to remember so many usernames and passwords. If you store all the usernames and passwords in a file, there is a risk of that file exposed to others bringing in more trouble. I want to know from mylotters, how do you maintain so many usernames and passwords ?
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• Indonesia
15 Jun 09
From all websites in the world, most have a feature for users who want to access their sites. One of them is to give a account feature. Username and password are the most important things in a user account. However, username and password must not to be published, because it can make other people have rights of access we have. So to maintain username and password that is not known by other people and so we do not forget this, is saving to the memo and we save to our hardware secretly. To simply share tips, we should contain the password the things that is easy to remember and that is not known by people other than us.
@Toxicon (165)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I have a small spiral notebook that I write in. even if get my regular username I still write it in the book. I write in the site url, my username and password, then a very brief description, it works for me. I can put 4 sites per page side so it will be a long time before it fills up. I use 3 different passwords and allways try to get one of the 2 usernames I prefer to use. I dont know of any virus scan thats 100% effective so anyone out there saving thier info to tect files on thier computer is asking for trouble. I also think form fillers are a bad idea but people use them for some strange reason
• India
14 Jun 09
I use only two usernames and two passwords in every sites that I visit so I do not forget them. I had tried to use some new usernames but if I happen to not visit these sites frequently then I am sure to forget the password. It happened ecently when I created an account for my parents in orkut and an ID in Yahoo mail. They decided on an ID common for both but the password was different and just after three days the password became a confusion. I hardly kept any memory of it and my parents mixed things up.But after hours of trial and error the password got accepted. Even the ID was causing trouble because the initial ID we decided was already in use and we had to settle for a different one. So to avoid the torment and frustration I use the same ID and password for most of my sign ins.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I record the Company, Website and address of the Company in my PDA and also record my pass word and user name in a code. For example my pass word may be packer04 I might put down nflgold39, it looks like a password but ity tells me that is is the packer with a number. I do the same thing with my user name. Even if someone gets my PDA they would have a ver difficult time figuring out my code. I Hope.
• India
15 Jun 09
hi bobmnu, It is a good idea to assign some code for each character and store it.. :-) It looks great provided that you always use the same coding and decoding. Otherwise, there will be one more overhead of remembering the codification. :-)
@rdadey (484)
• Canada
14 Jun 09
I use a couple different user IDs and passwords but still get them mixed up. There are two main ones I use that don't confuse me and I try to use them a lot. I use Firefox and take advantage of using the automatic id and password storage. There are a couple that can't be stored, like banks. I use two computers so I use an addon called Xmarks that saves the same bookmarks and passwords on both computers, that is a blessing if you use more than 1 computer. I tried Roboform???, but the free version only lets you save 10 passwords and I don't want to buy it. I have lost passwords and some were lost forever because I used something weird and couldn't remember what it was. I hate that, so I stick to a couple. I also hate it when you can't use a password you want because they want you to do something different, like using at least 1 capital letter, 1 lowercase and 1 number and it has to be no less than 8 digits, that's where I forget what they are.
• India
14 Jun 09
You are true :-) Even though it is more secure to use combination of letters, numbers and special characters, it is really frustrating to remember such complicated passwords.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I keep them in a small note book on my desk so I can refer to it if I forget it.
• Canada
15 Jun 09
I used to try trusting my memory, but that fizzled out quite quickly. Now I keep a Word document with everything on it, for every site, as well as personal (banking, etc.) info. It's sorted by alphabetical order, and every time I join a new site, I automatically add the name of the site and my vital information to my Word document. I have the feeling other people have a more organized way of doing this, but for the moment, this is what works for me.
• India
15 Jun 09
hi i use a couple of different user id and passwords in every sites that i visit. I use flock web browser and take the advantage of using the automatic id and password storage.I also use password save software for remember and store all my user id and passwords.
• China
15 Jun 09
Mostly, I use the same username and password for different sites, and I'm always lucky. If there is the case that I have to use a different username and password, I prefer to write it down in a notepad lest I may forget it. And I find this way effective. I don't have to wrack my brains to think about the exact username and password.
@flzmlady (419)
• China
15 Jun 09
i used to have three or more usernames and more than five passwords on websites,but soon i found that its so difficult to remember those that i did mistake one for another and some usernames i can never recover it.so now i use only one username and password for all of the websites but im afraid that the only one might be easy to break by someone.
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
hello...i am using 2 user names and password and i just store thenm on my mind and to ensure that i will not forget them, i use passwords and user name that has relevance to me and so i didn't forget it! :-)
• United States
15 Jun 09
firefox and chrome save passwords for me, so i dont worry about it. i also use the same username for everything, just different numbers after.
14 Jun 09
For most websites i use the same user name and password. If i need to have a new one i have a small book easy
• United States
14 Jun 09
I use a rolodex to keep track of all that stuff. I am afraid that if I save them all to my browser and there is a problem, I would waste too much time submitting my email to a million (exaggeration, of course) websites for my forgotten usernames and passwords.
• United States
14 Jun 09
The easy thing I do is right them on a paper and after a while visiting the site repeatedly I memorize the user name and password. I usually use the same user names but the passwords I change. I may write a few on my computer since I am the only one to use it but a paper is more secure.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
14 Jun 09
I have a little Rolodex that I keep on my desk for that. Each place I need a login for goes under the alphabetical listing of it's name, and each little Rolodex index card has the name of the place, the login info, and the date I signed up with it. Makes it easier for me to just flip through. I also keep a spiral notebook with the same info in it, that way if I go stay at my one daughters, or travel, I just have to grab the notebook and it's all there.
@anandjee (282)
• India
14 Jun 09
my dear friends mostly people get easy password like his name and pass is 12345 who use very low internet, after getting experience they use mostly his name in username this is human physocology, and pass word is comman like birthday etc like ,the main problem is that if anyone use random name in password they always get in trouble due to not remember, at that time when it use , better option is that must write in some place to get secure his password, this is my thought may be you like it,
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
I only have 1 user name and 3 password to all sites I log on in to. This is so that I won't forget my username and my password. I also do not tell anybody my username and password. Some sites have a different display name and username. I take advantage of that.
@Lenvor (63)
• India
14 Jun 09
Some of my important accounts like gmail, paypal, bank accounts have separate complicated passwords. As for all others like forums, newsletter subscriptions, etc I use the same password. As for creating easy to remember bu hard for computer passwords, I tend to make some combinations like this 6T9 for 69, 6teen for sixteen. This makes the passwords a bit strong, and would make even more stronger when we complete the rest of it.
@tundeemma (896)
• South Africa
14 Jun 09
i do maintain and take care of my unsernames and passwords by ensuring that i use the same username and password for all the websites i use, in this case i can always remember them and i an easily change them if i see that they are becoming vulnerable. sometimes i just add or remove a letter from my password and i do this for all the websites i use